Gulf regulators push for modernization

Gulf regulators push for modernization

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

The Middle East’s financial centres are keen to collaborate on fintech, in an effort to catch up with US, UK and Asian markets. But with rich pickings on offer, there is also stiff competition to establish fintech dominance.

The Middle East’s Best Banks for Asia 2018

The Middle East’s Best Banks for Asia 2018

The financial connection between the countries of the Middle East and the trading nations of Asia becomes ever closer and more active. This new set of Asiamoney awards recognizes the banks from the region that have done the most to help develop their local clients’ Asian operations and facilitated financing for Asian companies looking to build their businesses in the Gulf.

The UN SDGs are proud to introduce… blue finance

The UN SDGs are proud to introduce… blue finance

By HELEN AVERY

Blue finance is set to take off this year, buoyed by growing appetite for investments in sustainable fisheries, conservation and alternative plastics. It’s further evidence of the influence of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Capitec fights off the Steinhoff slayer

Capitec fights off the Steinhoff slayer

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

A former social worker from middle England has suddenly become the biggest influencer in South Africa’s stock market. He called Steinhoff’s collapse correctly. In making banking sector star performer Capitec his next target, has Viceroy Research’s Fraser Perring got it right again? Or, as the bank’s leadership insist, is he a one-hit wonder?

Africa’s banks find a core remit

Africa’s banks find a core remit

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

Some of Africa’s largest banks, as well as its budding fintech firms, are building up their remittance offerings. It is an area largely deserted by global banks wary of regulatory risk, but one that is crucial to the region’s economic future.

Iran sanctions: special focus

Iran sanctions: special focus

Euromoney investigates how the relaxation of western sanctions on Iran – dubbed the world’s most lucrative closed economy – will jump-start trade and capital flows from Europe to the Gulf, and plots a vision for the country's banking system and economic transformation, more generally.

Obituary: H.E. Jammaz bin Abdullah Al-Suhaimi

Obituary: H.E. Jammaz bin Abdullah Al-Suhaimi

The former head of Saudi Arabia’s CMA was a far-sighted internationalist whose commitment to transparency, technocratic leadership, governance, empowerment of women and young people foreshadowed the far-reaching reforms now energising the country.

Ghana’s next oil boom is just around the corner

Ghana’s next oil boom is just around the corner

By JEREMY WELTMAN

The sovereign has recorded one of the largest improvements of any sub-Saharan borrower this year in Euromoney’s country risk survey – the recovering oil market, contract certainty and plans to expand the extractive industry explain why.

Bric: special focus

Bric: special focus

Euromoney's recent coverage of macroeconomic, FX, fixed income and equity market trends in Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Banking: Ten years on, ICBC Standard deal starts to show its worth

Banking: Ten years on, ICBC Standard deal starts to show its worth

By CHRIS WRIGHT

In the 10 years since ICBC’s $5.5 billion acquisition of a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank Group, there has still been no bigger single China-Africa investment. Looking back now, the deal was remarkable for the speed and relative ease with which it came together. But has it worked?

Arunma Oteh interview: New markets for the World Bank

Arunma Oteh interview: New markets for the World Bank

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

Arunma Oteh has helped develop new financial tools to address the world’s most pressing issues – in an exclusive interview, she talks about the difference the capital markets can make and her previous career fighting corruption in Nigeria.

Welcome to Euromoney Africa

Welcome to Euromoney Africa

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

It is almost 50 years since Euromoney was born with the wholesale international capital markets, to chronicle their evolution and that of the institutions that serve them. Today, the growth of banking and finance is now arguably at its most exciting, most important – and least exposed – in Africa.

A Mauritian bank sets its sights on the continent

A Mauritian bank sets its sights on the continent

By OLIVIER HOLMEY

State Bank of Mauritius aims to start a pan-African bank from scratch, as its home country turns its economy towards the continent. Little has been achieved to date, but SBM’s chairman is focused and confident.